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Ancient, Lizard-Like Reptile Discovered
Ancient, lizard-like reptile discovered
trefwoorden: paleontologie - reptiel - hagedisachtige - Nieuw-Zeeland
A pair of Argentine paleontologists have discovered numerous 90-million-year-old fossils of a new type of sphenodontian.
Thats an ancient lizard-like reptile thought to have gone extinct about 120 million years ago except for a few relicts that live today in New Zealand, the tuatara.
The fossils, including several well-preserved skulls, were found in the red sandstone cliffs of the La Buitrera fossil quarry in northwestern Patagonia, about 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) east of Buenos Aires.
The new species, Priosphenodon avelasi, had a blunt head, a sharp eagle-like beak, long arms, and wielded square claws. It was about three feet (one meter) long and weighed an estimated 33 pounds (15 kilograms), making it bigger than any known terrestrial sphenodontian.
Lees verder bij: National Geograpic (8 oktober 2003)